Grammy-nominated musician Somi Kakoma is set to release her forthcoming new album, “Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba”, in honour of the music icon, Mama Miriam Makeba.
The album drops on March 4, on what would have been her 90th birthday.
According to Somi, the new body of work is a celebration of the late Makeba’s immense contribution to the music industry.
“This album is my attempt to honour the unapologetic voice of an African woman who inevitably made room for my own journey and countless other African artists. In short, I owe her. We all do.”
Released under her own record label Salon Africana, the album features Somi’s renditions of Makeba’s popular songs including “Pata Pata”, “Malaika” and “House of the Rising Sun”.
The 17 track album features South Africa’s Grammy-winning male vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, celebrated vocalist and songwriter Msaki, singer and songwriter Thandiswa Mazwai, and jazz pianist-composer Nduduzo Makhathini.